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dads706 last won the day on April 30 2019

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    Looking for Dad's 560G. Last 6" of the shifter is bent vertical to wrap around the steering column instead of horizontal. Don't know the serial#.
    Wood working, cabinet making, pretty much building anything with wood.

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  1. I'll be the spoil sport here. I don't like it for furniture or anything 'nice' the reasons mentioned. It doesn't dry worth a sh**. And just when you think it is dry, you get a humid day and it gets tacky all over again. But having said that, it is great stuff for things that will be out in the weather. Back in the day, most guys around here every fall would put a coat of it on their hay racks and or barge wagons that would be stored outside or had infrequent use.
  2. Today's photos. Jacked the building up another 6 inches from where it was in the previous pictures. That will give me 10' of clearance when we get the floor in. Most of the studs are in. The side door opening will be studded, but for now we can get the cement chute in. The end has been cut out. Cribbibg is down and I-beams are out. Cement guy comes tomorrow to form up the 20x20 pad on the end, there will also be a small pad for the walk-in door. (not framed yet) and he is going to shoot the floor and get it ready. Cement pour Monday. Couple inside shots. Gonna try to get the sheeting up this weekend to steady things up. I'm not ready to take any bracing down just yet. The 120 year old siding and the nails holding it are somewhat loose and wouldn't really keep things solid. I sistered 2x6's to the old 2x4 studs for support as well as room for a bit more insulation. Used a 4x6 for a sill plate. I want this to be here 120 years from now. Going to put a treated 1x12 along the bottom on the outside, and then I'll brake some coil stock to lap up the side and over the edge of the cement to keep moisture out. If you look at the right side of the second picture you will see the bolt bin I'm going to remove and then put back up after the inside is sheeted. If you look at it you will get an idea of how far that wall was pushed out of plumb. (and that was all in 7' height.) You can also see the boards that were scabbed between the studs to act as shelves. I plan to restore this corner to as close as it was so that if the wife's grandfather or great grandfather stepped into the shed their work bench area will be just as they left it. Along with the same junk that was in the bins. (minus the mouse turds) Not a really good photo, but the center 10' between the uprights will be storage. Or as the wife says, just another place to hoard stuff. I have to remove some of the 'extra' boards and it would be easier to visualize. The sides will be 4'6" with enough height to walk around easily. It will be lighted and have outlets also, but will probably be the last thing to do. My 70 year ol'body is getting sore. But it is a fun kind of sore. (just buy aspirin in bulk) Next week will be finishing the studs, framing the door, soffits, and windows (I'm building the windows also) and then hopefully get the outside ready for tin. I'd like to get it buttoned up before the snow flies. Then I'll be able to roll around on the scaffolding. Plus I have some winter building projects I've committed to. So if I at least get it closed in, I can shift gears and projects. I haven't quite got this retirement thing figured out yet......I was planning on putting my feet up and napping. (maybe next year)
  3. I'm a Hawkeye fan and will miss watching them play but won't die if I don't see them. They are the only team I know that is happy to be average. They would just win the big ones and then choke on the little ones. Happens every year. Wife and I enjoy watching women's college basketball and volleyball. Wouldn't walk across the room to watch a men's game. It's the ONLY time I root for the Big Red. The have a so/so BBall team, but usually a darn good Volleyball team. So see all you Huskers, I don't hate Nebraska that much. Just the football team.
  4. Probably central Iowa. They got it the worst. I know the pain. 2 or 3 days from now it will start to smell like fresh cut silage. Looks pretty green, probably just starting to dent (maybe not ) 200 bu corn + grazing cattle = dead cattle. If the stalk is not broken, it may still mature. I have seen guys use a grain head and go the opposite direction it is laying. Feed it in tassle first. It is slow going and a lot of trash through the combine, but you do what you can.
  5. I heard that Des Moines reported 100+ straight line winds. Corn flattened. I'm 100 miles west. We had probably 40-50 mph winds. My building is still standing ...or should say hanging. So i'm lucky. I was at the lumber yard in Avoca right after the storm and people were hauling loads of tree branches. North (Harlan/Manilla area) 3/4 inch rain and lots of tree damage. We just got wind. Enough rain to wet the bottom of the rain guage.
  6. dads706

    6 years ago

    Somehow I knew I was not going to get the last laff. Seriously though...... I was on an airplane once talking to some woman from Chicago or somewhere. She said that they drove to Denver and it was the most boring un-scenic trip she was ever on. On that I have to agree.... I-80 from Chicago to Denver will put you to sleep. But for those of you who have never been to the midwest, if you take that I-80 drive, pull off every so often and spend a couple hours each time driving the back highways. You will see dozens of small towns, see some sights, eat real food, and meet some down to earth people. You will get a chance to see the real rural midwest at its best. ps: And maybe meet a few deplorables like me. (oh gawd, there I go again)
  7. You said 2-4 head but you didn't say what size. From you comments, I'm guessing 7-8 weights in the fall. Something 10x12 or 12x12 should be fine. #1, you said there are no trees so that means the only thing to stop the wind is a fence post. So, unless it is substantial it will need to be tied down or it will be in the neighbors corn field the first time you get a 40-50 mph wind. We can assume you will tie it down. If you want cheap and light, go to Menard's and get one of those cheap azz car ports. It is a roof, and it is light weight. It will only last a year or so at best and even if tied down, the first good wind in an open field will wad it up in a pile. But it's cheap and light. If it was me, I'd get some treated 4x4's or 4x6's for skids. Pre-cut studs because they are cheap(er). 4 -14' 2x? for the plate (2 on each side) (assuming 12 foot building this will give you either a 1' over hang on each end or a 2' over hang on one end. 2x6 for rafters (make sure they are toe nailed good to the plate and have a cross brace half way between the plate and the peak 1x4 firring strips, corregated tin on the roof. 2x? hurricane brace on the outside and 3 or 4 rub boards on the inside and you are good to go. A very sturdy shelter for not a lot of money. But sturdy enough that it will last quite a while. You will have to pull it with your pickup/tractor/etc. but you would have had to do that anyway. The added benefit of this is that if you decide you don't want cattle in a couple years, you can close the walls and now you have your self a nice portable shed for storage or something you could pull a vehicle into for a partial garage. This could be built easily in a day with simple tools. Use 3" construction screws and you could even take it apart if you want to.
  8. dads706

    6 years ago

    There is a reason for that...🤣🤣🤣. No offense meant guys.. I just couldn't help myself. As a born and bred Iowan, that one was just to good to let go by.
  9. Right now I'm at about 9' 3 or 4" floor to joist clearance. I'd like to get 10' clearance and may try it, but doubtful. Things were starting to get a bit wobbly. And saving family history is a lot more important to me than a couple more inches of headroom.
  10. I am who I am. Like me or not I don't really care and will care less when my ashes are in a tin can. Some things I did right, some things I shouldn't have. But I did them and I'll live and die with them. And probably would do the same thing next time. As for a funeral, I've told the boys to invite some people over to the shop, set my ashes on the work bench, put on the coffee pot, eat some peach cobbler, and tell some stories. My wife and I already have our headstone in place at the cemetery. The only thing the family will have to do is add the date. Some were shocked that we did it but like some here have expressed "dead is dead" you can't change it and it's going to happen to all of us. But until the time comes...... "I'm gonna LIVE until I die."
  11. dads706

    I hate people...

    Probably 45 years ago I was reassigned and we had to move with not a lot of time to sell our house. We had the opportunity to rent it so we did. Like your guy, they seemed like good people. Thinking back I'm not sure I ever go a rent check. We were probably in our new house for 2 or 3 months when we got a call from a friend says he thought our renter had moved out because a couple windows were broken and the doors were wide open. We made a fast 16 hour round trip back that weekend. Christ!!.....I had to ask for time off so we could clean up the mess. People won't believe us when we tell them, but I parked a New Idea manure spreader outside the window in what was at one time our kids bedroom and I used a #16 shovel to clean the dog sh!t out of that room and another.
  12. After the walls rolled out, the 4x6 sill rotted away, you just can't see it in the pic's. But surprisingly only the studs in about a 20' section were rotted through, but most had rot of some degree. One thing I did notice was that the east wall must have rolled out some time ago because the bolt bin I referred to was built plumb, not parallel to the studs. Meaning that the bottom was 4 inches further out than the top. And that would have had to have been built by the wife's grandfather or before. The stories this building could tell....... Oh, the building will be modernized. I will add an overhead door on the end and put metal on the outside. But the heart of it will remain 120+ years old not a board will be removed that doesn't need to be. Hopefully my grandkids kids will be able to look at the floor in 2120 and still see both the 1921 and 2020 date in the concrete and wonder about the stories.
  13. I'll do my best to explain.But first I have to apologize for no before pictures, i don't know what happened, and I wish you could see them just to see the transformation just jacking the building 6 inches made. The wife's grandfather told us many times about the farm dances they had in this building. It is a horse drawn machinery shed. It only has 7' walls, Sometime in it's history it was used partially as a granary because there is a hole in the roof for an elevator, and on the far end there is a small door that would have been used to shovel grain into. The cracked and falling apart concrete had a day of 1921 and either her great grandfathers initials or her great great grandfathers initials (they had the same first name so the initials would have been the same). We are assuming her great grandfather. We are going to cut that signature out and embed it in the new concrete floor. This building had an old work bench with a post vise in the corner along with some nailed together used boards to make drawers along with a nailed together bolt?? bin and some used boards nailed between a couple studs to act as shelves of sorts. All of these I saved and will do my best to duplicate that corner work area as a legacy to the family members who built them. I intend to make it into a wood shop. I currently have equipment scattered among 3 buildings. Planer/bandsaw/etc in one building, 2 tables saws in another and finally the 'wood shop' for assembly. Areal pain having to go from building to building to building to work on a project. Except for the concrete work, I'm doing 99.9% of this myself so it may be this time next year before it is finished. The building as it looked yesterday. Was hoping to go another foot higher so I would have a full 10' inside, but things were getting a bit wobbly. May still try it, just don't want it to fall and lose the entire building. Using 4 - 50 ton jacks to lift it (extreme overkill) 20 years ago I bought a couple 15" by 34' I-beams for $200 for the pair. Was planning on building a couple bale trailers. I'm glad I didn't because this was the perfect use for them. The studs were still somewhat attached to the sill. If you can visualize from where the foundation is rolled to you can get an idea of how far the walls were out of plumb. The second was not only out of plumb by 2', it also had a sway in the center by a foot or so. But those beams straighten the plates, and the walls plumbed themselves. ( I was hoping they would) The man himself pulling on a wall to see how easy it would be to bring it back into plumb. For as spread as the walls were, the building is was not racked. I was quite surprised. Today we poured footings. There was no way to get under the building and dig a 4 foot deep footing all the way around the building so we improvised. We took his bobcat slightly angled the auger and dug a 16" hole 4' deep every 2 feet. We dug out a foot or so between holes and poured everything full. rebared the holes, tied the holes to the horizontal with rebar, double rebared the horizontal, and used fiber in the concrete besides. So while not the conventional method we should be good. Hopefully if all goes well, I'll start sistering all the studs next week and lower it down on it's new foundation. Now that I know how simple it is to post photos, I'll keep posting the progress if anyone is interested.
  14. Related to my "metal on shop walls" thread This is the building I'm restoring. Was talking to the wife last night and we think it dates to the 1880's maybe earlier. The farm has been in her family since 1865. The long wall to the left was rolled off the foundation and out of plumb by a foot. The opposite wall was worse. Swaybacked and out of plumb by 2 feet. It actually looks like a building in this photo. When we started it looked like a derelict building that was barely standing. Rear wall right corner was minimum of a foot lower than left corner. Sadly the 'before' photos didn't save. Probably operator error. More photos and explanation later.
  15. OK guys, it has become blatantly obvious that my parents did have an idiot son. !!! After I select 'choose files' the only ones I see are the ones already on the f'n computer. Obviously I have to download the pictures from the cell phone to the computer first...correct? You didn't tell me that part. Do not assume I know this stuff. I keep telling you technology and me do not mix.
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